An Examination of Prescription Stimulant Misuse and Psychological Variables Among Sorority and Fraternity College Populations
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Objective: The objective of this study was to examine nonmedical stimulant use among fraternity/sorority members and nonmembers and whether psychological variables (e.g., internal restlessness, depression, anxiety, and stress) were related to nonmedical stimulant use. Method: The sample consisted of 1,033 undergraduate students from five universities located in the northeastern, southeastern, northwestern, southwestern, and midwestern regions of the United States. Results: The findings revealed that fraternity and sorority members reported a higher rate of nonmedical stimulant use than nonmembers. In addition, regression analyses revealed that higher ratings of anxiety, stress, internal impulsivity, and internal restlessness significantly predicted nonmedical stimulant use. Conclusion: Current findings support further examination of nonmedical stimulant use among other college student subpopulations (i.e., athletic teams, honor societies, residence halls). In addition, there is a strong need to develop research-based intervention and preventive measures that target college populations identified as being at risk for nonmedical stimulant use. © 2013 SAGE Publications.
Journal of Attention Disorders
Dussault, Crystal L., and Lisa L. Weyandt. "An Examination of Prescription Stimulant Misuse and Psychological Variables Among Sorority and Fraternity College Populations." Journal of Attention Disorders 17, 2 (2013): 87-97. doi:10.1177/1087054711428740.